The green shoots of covid recovery are emerging with the Cowal Gathering announcing on February 14 that it will return to Dunoon Stadium in 2022. This follows on from the welcome announcements from the RSPBA and PPBSO over the past few weeks that planning is well underway for a full outdoor calendar of events.

The Cowal Gathering will be held from Thursday to Saturday, August 25-27. It will feature the Cowal Pipe Band Championship, the World Highland Dancing Championships and the Cowal International Heavy Athletics Championship. 

Pipe bands gather to play the Salute to the Chieftain before their evening trophy presentation

Live music fans will be well catered for as The Gig at the Gathering returns to rock the stadium on Friday night. With some of Scotland’s best-known traditional bands playing on Cowal Gathering Saturday in the Live Music Tent. 

Cowal Gathering Chair Ronnie Cairns spoke of his excitement that the 128-year-old Gathering will be live this year saying: “This is the best possible news. I can’t wait to welcome competitors and spectators from across the world through the gates of Dunoon Stadium this August. 

“Cowal’s Virtual Gathering entertained thousands of Gathering fans across the globe in 2020 and 2021, but nothing compares to the atmosphere of games day.

“We’ve waited for three years to gather together again and this year we’re going to make sure we celebrate in style.”

Full details of this year’s programme, competition entry and ticket sales will be available over the coming months.

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